|a few odds and sods from Saltholme|
Monday, 17 February 2014
Yellow-rumped, second helpings
I was out with Mike Williams today and as it was going to be a nice day and not much else around we decided to give the Yellow-rumped Warbler another go, maybe get some better photos. We spent the morning there but the bird is still proving rather popular and there was a much bigger crowd than I had anticipated, we were looking into the sun early on although that improved as the morning wore on, the Warbler was performing well though and showing frequently, often getting into the higher branches and giving less obscured views although you still needed to be quick, I got some slightly better shots in the end but still only record shots really. We then went across to Teesside in the afternoon where we just basically visited Saltholme with a quick look over Cowpen Marsh, highlights were several Little Egrets on the marsh but no sign of the Short Eared Owl, a skein of Pink Footed Geese over the car park, an in flight Bittern from the Haverton Watchpoint, a couple of Red Breasted Mergansers and the small flock of Barnacle Geese from the main hide plus a Water Rail in front of the visitor centre and a couple of Long Tailed Ducks on Saltholme East Pool.